The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)

It is the summer of 1950?and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying b It is the summer of 1950?and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a ...

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Title:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Author:Alan Bradley
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:374 pages pages

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Mar 12, 2009
    Delightful! I loved this quirky book. The amateur sleuth and chemistry enthusiast Flavia de Luce is a very unusual 11 year old, but I?ve known many 11 year olds unusual in their own ways, so Flavia worked for me just fine. She?s completely over the top, yet somehow believabl...
  • Trin
    Feb 13, 2009
    A historical mystery, set in England, narrated by a precocious 11-year-old girl. I feel like I should have loved this, but mostly it just bored me. Flavia?s narration, designed to show off how brilliant she is, lacked the necessary wit and charm, and her investigation into a couple o...
  • Brenda
    Mar 12, 2009
    Clever plot, unusual subject (stamp collecting), interesting setting and time, and amusing characters flesh out this funny little mystery. Flavia is a smart and snarky little detective whose passion is poison. I look forward to more Flavia. ...
  • Laurie
    Jun 17, 2009
    Ignore the title, please, and go for the essence. Flavia de Luce is an eleven year-old Sherlock Holmes with a predilection for the dark side of rural crime and a hobby of poisons. This will be the first in what promises to be an utterly original and delicious series. Adult preoccupatio...
  • Kathryn
    Jun 07, 2009
    "There are times, Miss de Luce... when you deserve a brass medal. And there are other times when you deserve to be sent to your room with bread and water." -- Inspector Hewitt to Flavia de Luce: budding sleuth, brilliant chemist, and diabolical eleven-year-old. After very high hopes...
  • Felicia
    Dec 02, 2009
    This book probably deserves 4 stars, but to me, as far as how much I enjoyed it, 5 stars baby! Having just read Steig Larssen's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I hadn't expected to stumble on a heroine as quickly that I'd love as much. But Flavia fits the bill! This is a historical...
  • David
    Sep 05, 2008
    I absolutely loved Sweetness. The narrator-protagonist is one of the cleverest, liveliest, most entertaining characters I have had the pleasure to meet in many a year. I laughed aloud many times and couldn't wait to get back to reading this gem. Flavia is the 11-year-old daughter of a ...
  • Dan Schwent
    May 18, 2015
    When young Flavia de Luce, aspiring chemist, finds a body in the cucumber patch outside her father's house, she finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and murder... I'm not really sure how my love of detective fiction led me to this tale of an eleven year old girl in 1950s Engla...
  • Misty
    Oct 08, 2009
    Flavia de Luce is not your average eleven year old. She lives in a decaying mansion. She has a passion for chemistry, especially poisons. And when she finds a man dying in her cucumber patch, it doesn't occur to her to be worried or scared. Instead, Flavia senses something delicious ma...
  • Meredith Holley
    Jan 13, 2010
    This book is CSI to The Series of Unfortunate Events' McGyver. In my scale, a three-star rating is neutral, and that's a pretty accurate evaluation of how I feel about this story. At the risk of sounding disapproving, I'm going to make a couple of notes about why I didn't love the book...
  • Meagan
    May 26, 2009
    I'm not usually one for mysteries because they're so much about the plot and not so much about the character, so it takes a good one to keep me interested. Unfortunatley, this one did not. I found it terribly dry and borderline nodded off at several points. I guess I was hoping for...
  • Nadia
    Jun 01, 2010
    Finally! I'm done! The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has been read and crossed off of my TBR list. And now I must ask you not to hate me, because truthfully, though I did enjoy aspects of the book, I did not love it. I found it to be rather predictable, long-winded and slightly du...
  • Kasia
    Jun 14, 2010
    I cant' believe this is the author's first work, in short it's really amazing, I mean a gloriously adorable kaleidoscope of words and textures and emotions, pure bliss to read! Set in 1950's England, the mystery has a rustic feel to it but is very easy to read and enjoy. It's not often...
  • Tatiana
    Mar 11, 2010
    Flavia de Luce is an 11-year old amateur sleuth, a future chemist and poison enthusiast. She lives with her widowed father and two older sisters at Buckshaw - a decaying English country-side mansion. Flavia's days are occupied with chemical experiments and schemes of spiking her evil o...
  • Hannah
    Apr 24, 2010
    I really wanted to like this more then I ended up doing. The story started off slowly, then picked up steam with a murder to solve and some interesting backstory on stamps. What hindered my enjoyment of the book, the story and the murder mystery was, unfortunately, the main character a...
  • Heather (DeathByBook)
    Sep 17, 2009
    This is a new favorite! I read it in two sittings and am ready to start agiain. Flavia de Luce is one of my top new detectives. I only wish I could have her over for tea to discuss the difficulty of living with older sisters and perhaps, poisons. I'm sure it has been said by many and I...
  • Magill
    May 16, 2010
    A mystery about a precocious child, whom I would like to like, but suspect that she would not be enjoyable to be around. Flavia, when not tormenting her eldest sister, attempts to solve a murder in 1950 in Great Britain. I wanted to like this book, as much as the title appealed to me, ...
  • Tea Jovanović
    May 04, 2013
    Prva knjiga iz serijala od ?est romana o devoj?ici Flaviji i njenim ?udnim interesovanjima i dogodov?tinama... Na?alost, publika je kod nas nije prihvatila, a ni izdava? se nije adekvatno potrudio da je predstavi ?itaocima... Knjiga u kojoj u?ivaju i tinejd?eri i odrasli ?iro...
  • Wart Hill
    Apr 16, 2015
    Things I Find While Shelving Well, that was disappointing. I have been looking forward to reading this for awhile and I was finally in the mood and it was in at the library (I've tried the audio but find it far too annoying), so I was super psyched! And then it was...super meh. ...
  • Algernon
    Jan 25, 2018
    Sometimes reviewing a book is a bit of a chore, especially if I really liked the novel and I want to do it justice. Other times, reviewing is sheer pleasure, and it does not necessarily follows that the book was popcorn. Revisiting bookmarks and notes proves to be a chance for laughi...
  • Julie
    Oct 08, 2016
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a 2009 Delacorte Press publication. Several years back, I received a copy of the fifth book in this series for review purposes. I had no idea I was agreeing to read a YA mystery, and was slightly irritated at myself for not ...
  • Robert
    Nov 01, 2013
    If I were an eleven-year-old girl, I?d like to think I might resemble Flavia de Luce. Precocious, ubiquitous, and intelligent, she?s filled with energy and life, refers to her sisters as Feely and Daffy, and has an unbounding curiosity about the world around her, even though there?...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Jul 23, 2011
    A surprisingly, delightfull who dunnit, introducing Flavia De Luce, who is one of the most captivating, young characters I have met since young Harry came out from his cupboard under the stairs. I'll definitely be reading the next chemical caper. ...
  • Mona
    Feb 15, 2015
    Delightful and Unique Young Protagonist, Flawed Story Eleven year old Flavia de Luce is such a delightful and unique character. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" is worth reading just to make her acquaintance. She is a precociously brilliant child living in Northern E...
  • BookLover
    Mar 31, 2017
    This was a delightful little read! Thoroughly enjoyed looking at life in 1950 through the eyes of the incorrigible Flavia de Luce! ...
  • Lata
    Feb 19, 2018
    This is my second time reading this, though this time I chose to listen to it. And that made a difference. Where before I didn't really think much of the book, this time, having a voice actor bring Flavia de Luce to life was critical to me enjoying this story. Flavia's intelligence, hu...
  • ✨Susan✨
    Jul 31, 2015
    A clever, sassy, Nancy Drew like book with a young girl who loves chemistry and mystery. A fun, fast paced ride with our heroine Flavia, the youngest of three girls being raised by their father. Flavia's angst and curiosity is entertaining and hits on all cylinders in this cozy murder ...
  • Adina
    Jun 27, 2014
    A different kind of mystery book that I found fascinating. First star is for the heroine. A witty 11 years old precocious girl, with a passion for chemistry, especially poison who finds a dead body in her garden and decides to investigate the murder herself. Two stars are for t...
  • Carol
    Oct 26, 2013
    So ... I'm the outlier. I cannot abide Flavia de Luce - yes, the same Flavia de Luce that everyone else in the reading universe - or at least the subset of those who enjoy mysteries - loves, adores, enjoys. For months I hid my outlier status by changing the applicable shelf from "curre...
  • Beverly
    Mar 29, 2018
    I am a sucker for girl power. I say that right off the bat, so I loved the malevolent girl detective Flavia who although she has some serious issues with her sisters is so darn plucky and strong that I couldn't help but be in her corner. Her beloved father is accused of murder and it's...